Tamil Nadu has 3400 MBBS seats now and will add 1650 in the future.
With the 2020 NEET exams concluding, students who cleared the prestigious exam are looking forward to admissions in their desired colleges. All the medical seats in different medical colleges across India are up for grabs. There comes delightful news for the students, as the Tamil Nadu government has increased the number of seats to 3400 and will add 1650 more in the future. These seats will be offered in 11 new colleges in Tamil Nadu.
The state government went for this move in order to enable more and more students from rural backgrounds and economically underprivileged sections to pursue their dream of becoming doctors. The State government, in a short period, got the approval of the Centre to establish new medical colleges in 11 districts - Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, The Nilgiris, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Kallakurichi, Tiruvallur, Tiruppur, Namakkal and Krishnagiri. The foundation stones have been laid and construction is underway. Apart from that, horizontal reservation of 7.5 percent is also provided to the economically backward section students. This hike in seats is seen as a result of covid 19 pandemic.
Since Tamil Nadu is known for their medical facilities, that is why the seat hike is justified as well. while this might seem like good news for the students, but the selection process in that state might not be favorable to the MBBS aspirants. MBBS Admission Counselling for Tamil Nadu State Quota is conducted by The Selection Committee, Directorate of Medical Education which comes under the State Government of Tamil Nadu. 85% of MBBS seats in all government colleges located in the state of Tamil Nadu are allotted to students who are native to the Tamil Nadu state. Apart from government colleges, management quota seats, as well as NRI Quota seats in private medical colleges, are allotted by Tamil Nadu State Medical Counselling Authority.
If you look at the equation, seats for outsiders become lesser and lesser despite the hike in the number of seats. In this case, the students might be forced to look for other options and with fees hike in some states for MBBS programs, education abroad is the best option available for the students. While the students will miss the Indian hospitalities, but the colleges and universities situated at exotic locations in locations like Caribbean, Oman, Saudi, Bangladesh and the United States of America might tempt the students to look towards them favorably. Not only are these better options, but these colleges and universities provide the best available facilities at affordable rates with even an easy selection process with only 50 percent score in NEET and general average score in 12th for MBBS, with concessions and good training program for Indian students. While with seat hike, and lakhs of students appearing for NEET, the competition is rising every day, and pursuing MBBS might be a better option.